About The Learned Owl Book Shop

The Learned Owl is a locally run, community bookstore in Hudson, Ohio. We have three floors of books for all ages and interests, ranging from classic picture books to travel guides to the latest New York Times bestsellers. If we don't have the book you're looking for in stock, we can usually order it. We also offer an out-of-print search service for especially hard-to-find books.

Recently, we have partnered with Kobo to provide our customers with access to over three million downloadable eBooks.

Stop by to browse and enjoy our old-fashioned atmosphere, up-to-the-minute book selection, and unparalleled customer service!


A brief illustrated history

In 1968, Hudson resident Jean Isabel and her husband Bob founded the shop, along with a partner. At the time, The Learned Owl was only in what is now the "Children's Room", where kids' books and young adult fiction live today. During the early 1970s, the store was owned by Joan McCook. (That's Joan's daughter in the 1974 photo to the right.) When Hudson resident Rosemary Burner Jones purchased the store in the mid-70s, she expanded the bookstore into both sides of the main floor, more than doubling its size.

On October 15, 1983, Liz Murphy and Elaine Ober purchased the shop from the Burners, and Liz became sole proprietor in 1990. In March 2013, Kate Schlademan purchased The Owl, following Liz's retirement. In the past 50 years, the shop has grown from 1500 square feet at street level with one phone, a cash register, two employees, open six days a week, to 2300 square feet (on three floors), five networked computers, four phone lines, a web page, email, a fax, 14 staff members, open seven days a week and six evenings.

Over the past 50 years, The Learned Owl has hosted hundreds of book and author events. Some of the most memorable include Jan Brett, Brian Jacques, Lady Soames (Winston Churchill's daughter), Eric Carle, and former Cleveland Indian Bob Feller. Children have been enchanted by dozens of book character appearances over the years, including the Cat in the Hat, Clifford, Curious George and the Berenstain Bears.

By changing with the times, and thanks to many very loyal customers, The Learned Owl has beaten the odds and remains a thriving business.